Life Is Fine (Hardcover) - Whittenberg, Allison

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Life is not fine for Samara Tuttle, but she's coping. Her overworked mother is distant and cold, and her mother's boyfriend, Q, attacks Samara when she tries to clean up after his lazy, Funyun-loving self. Samara's a loner. But all of this changes when Mr. Halbrook arrives at school. Samara's English teacher takes ill, and in steps Mr. Jerome Halbrook, a suitwearing, blue-eyed African American man who uses Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" to inspire a spirited discussion about poetry, love, and truth. Soon Samara is borrowing his collections of poetry, and then she can't stop thinking about Mr. Halbrook. Soon Samara is confiding in him about her less-than-fine past, and dreaming of a different future. But when Mr. Halbrook disappears-and it appears that he may not be all that he seemed-will she be able to picture a future without him?

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Publisher Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Mfg Part# 9780385904780
SKU 205098319
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0385904789
Release Date 3/11/2008
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Praise
"Whittenberg's spare prose and taut, underplayed emotionality makes it a dramatic and contemporary variant."
From the Publisher
Editors Note Dealing with a challenging life at home, loner Samara Tuttle finds solace in the support of her new English teacher who introduces her to the beauty and power of poetry, but when her feelings for him turn romantic and then he suddenly leaves her school, Samara must cope with the loss while not losing what little hope she now has for her future.
Editors Note 1 Life is not fine for Samara Tuttle, but she’s coping. Her overworked mother is distant and cold, and her mother’s boyfriend, Q, attacks Samara when she tries to clean up after his lazy, Funyun-loving self. Samara’s a loner. But all of this changes when Mr. Halbrook arrives at school. Samara’s English teacher takes ill, and in steps Mr. Jerome Halbrook, a suitwearing, blue-eyed African American man who uses Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” to inspire a spirited discussion about poetry, love, and truth. Soon Samara is borrowing his collections of poetry, and then she can’t stop thinking about Mr. Halbrook. Soon Samara is confiding in him about her less-than-fine past, and dreaming of a different future. But when Mr. Halbrook disappears–and it appears that he may not be all that he seemed–will she be able to picture a future without him?From the Hardcover edition.
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